Bob Cummings Show, The aka Love That Bob


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The Bob Cummings Show (also known as Love That Bob) is an American television sitcom which was produced from 1955 to 1959, and originally sponsored by R.J. Reynolds' Winston cigarettes. The program began with a half-season run on NBC, then ran for two full seasons on CBS, and returned to NBC for its final two seasons. The program was later rerun in the daytime hours on ABC and then syndicated under the title Love That Bob.

The series starred Robert Cummings as a dashing young Hollywood photographer, Air Force reserve officer, and ladies' man, Bob Collins. The character's interest in aviation and photography mirrored Cummings' own in real life, with his character's name the same as the role he played in You Came Along (1945). The series also starred Rosemary DeCamp.

The Bob Cummings Show was important in the development of several careers. Its creator, producer and head writer was Paul Henning, later producer of major 1960s hits such as The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres. Regulars in the show included Ann B. Davis, who twice won Emmy awards for playing "Schultzy". Henning apparently remembered cast members Nancy Kulp and Joi Lansing favorably, as both had roles on The Beverly Hillbillies, Miss Kulp as Miss Hathaway (secretary to banker Milburn Drysdale- a character similar to the one she appeared as- "Pamela Livingston"- on Cummings' show) and Miss Lansing as Gladys.

Perhaps the biggest career boost was received by young Dwayne Hickman, a student at Loyola University in Los Angeles, who appeared as Bob's nephew and became a favorite with young women in the audience. After The Bob Cummings Show ended, he was cast as the lead in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

This program represented the height of Cummings' television career. Although he made many further appearances as a guest star and again starred in a series in the early 1960s, My Living Doll, he never again achieved the success on television that he had with this program, which was rerun in off hours until black and white television series lost almost all of their audience in the 1970s and were essentially retired from syndicated distribution.

Created by Paul Henning

Directed by

Rod Amateau

Bob Cummings

Fred DeCordova

Starring

Robert Cummings

Rosemary DeCamp

Ann B. Davis

Dwayne Hickman

Narrated by Bill Baldwin (announcer)

Theme music composer Frank Stanton

Del Sharbutt

Richard Uhl

Opening theme "A Romantic Guy, I"

Ending theme same

Composer(s) Lou Kosloff

Country of origin United States

No. of seasons 5

No. of episodes 173

Production

Executive producer(s) George Burns

Producer(s) Paul Henning

Running time 30 minutes

(per episode)

Production company(s) Laurel Productions

McCadden Productions

Henning Corporation

Broadcast

Original channel

NBC (1955)

CBS (1955–1957)

NBC (1957–1959)

Original run January 2, 1955 – September 15, 1959

Highlights
Ann B. Davis on describing the dynamic between her character "Schultzy" and "Bob Collins"
01:14
Paul Henning on creating and writing for The Bob Cummings Show
06:28
Doris Singleton on working on The Bob Cummings Show
00:50
Bob Finkel on directing Love That Bob
02:21
Ann B. Davis on working with Don Knotts on The Bob Cummings Show, aka Love That Bob
01:20
Who talked about this show

Fred de Cordova

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Fred de Cordova on directing The Bob Cummings Show and working with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
05:45

Ann B. Davis

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Ann B. Davis on describing the dynamic between her character "Schultzy" and "Bob Collins"
01:14
Ann B. Davis on working with Don Knotts on The Bob Cummings Show, aka Love That Bob
01:20
Ann B. Davis on getting the part of "Schultzy" on Love That Bob, and what she likes about working on television
01:51
Ann B. Davis on her fond feeling toward George Burns, who was involved in the production of The Bob Cummings Show, aka Love That Bob
03:09

Bob Finkel

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Bob Finkel on directing Love That Bob
02:21

Paul Henning

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Paul Henning on creating and writing for The Bob Cummings Show
06:28

Rose Marie

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Rose Marie on the many series she appeared on early in her television career
02:40

Doris Singleton

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Doris Singleton on working on The Bob Cummings Show
00:50

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